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Stop me before I shop again

I'm really bad about getting something in my head and needing to do it NOW. No waiting. I'm a very impulsive shopper. Compulsive, too, which is a bad combination. Add to that almost lethal combination the face that I got a bonus on Thursday. I put most of it on my current expenses, but have a good bit left over.

Anyway, the battery in my iPod is fairly shot after almost three years. I have two options:

- Pay almost $100 to have my current iPod shipped to Apple to be replaced. They send a new iPod, and you lose everything that is on it anyway. (I've already downloaded PodUtil and taken all of my music off of the iPod and backed it up on our music drive).


- Spend $300 for a 30GB or $400 for a 60GB iPod which will not only play all of my music, it has a much LONGER battery life (15-20 hours versus 8 on my current one) and also shows pictures, videos, TV shows, etc. I already have shows and videos, but they are just used on my laptop for now.

So, poll for the masses:

Which option should I go with?

Just get the current iPod replaced - it's the cheaper option
Get a new iPod, but only the 30GB. It saves you $100
Go ahead and spend the extra $100 to get the 60GB iPod
Do nothing. If your old iPod still works when connected to a power source, wait until it REALLY breaks to replace it.


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Aug. 21st, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
Get the new iPod and send me the old one.

Oh, darn. I am not writing enough Harry Potter fanfic, so I don't deserve a free iPod.
Aug. 21st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
That's what bonuses are for!!!
Aug. 21st, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hell yeah, get a new one. :)
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
None of the above. Wait a while. They should be announcing the new larger screen models (where the entire front panel IS the screen) pretty soon.
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, VERY good point. Probably in time for Christmas, don't you think?
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
I should think so.
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
My first inclination is to tell you to just get your current iPod replaced, since that IS the cheaper option.

However...I think I know *exactly* where your head is right now. I am the EXACT same way. Once I get an idea in my head, I DO NOT REST until I make it happen. And when I get like that, I usually decide, "Well, I may as well just take the more expensive option, since I will likely end up upgrading at some point in the very near future anyhow." In fact, I would look at spending the money for the new unit as actually SAVING myself the $100 that I would have spent to have the unit replaced (you know...if I'm just going to replace it down the line, anyhow...why not just do it now, and not bother with this older unit?)... ;)

I am not the type to caution people against spending money, unless I know for a fact they don't have it. But I know that your kiddoes are in school now, thereby saving you a hefty chunk of preschool/daycare funds, and that you've got that bonus, so...

I'm going to tell you to get the unit that you really want. If a 30GB will meet your needs well into the future, get that one. If you foresee filling that puppy up and needing to buy a 2nd unit or a replacement down the line, drop the extra $100 on the 60gig. It will really only cost you $300 over what you have to pay as things stand now.

(And,I gotta say...an iPod that only works when directly connected to a power source is, generally, not much use to you. People have those things BECAUSE they're portable. Take away the portability, and you may as well trade the entire thing in for a cheap cd player. IMO.)
Aug. 21st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Depends what you want to use it for. A friend of mine made a good point about having a separate ipod just for movies (in which case wait for the new one). But if you want one for music NOW, get the battery replaced on the old one or buy a smaller new one (my brother has a non mac mp3 player for which he paid a fraction of the ipod cost - it has less memory, but he pointed out that he can still store more music than he can listen to in a couple of days, and it isn't a big deal to change the music out every so often - from what he describes, it's a lot more manageable than having all 8800 songs with you at all times and never being able to find what you want).

I can't believe I'm this much of a geek.......it's times like this I'm bummed I dumped my geek icon.
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